Samsung Note: 5.3-inch phone with a stylus

Summary:The Samsung Note smartphone was unveiled today packing a massive (for a phone) 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display and pen input.

Samsung is showing off the Note in Germany today, a smartphone with a massive 5.3-inch display that works with a stylus when desired. That's right, the Samsung Note is an Android phone that has pen input for note-taking and sketching. Perhaps Samsung is having a Windows Mobile moment.

The Note pushes the limits for a phone's screen size, and pictures make it hard to tell if it is a giant phone or a tiny tablet. That's apparently the point as Samsung is touting the pen input as a game-changer in the smartphone space. The pen fits in the back of the thin phone to prevent loss, a common problem in the PDA days of old. The Samsung Note definitely looks like the PDA is making a comeback, in a smartphone form.

The phone is impressive with the same envelope-pushing specs in the newly announced Galaxy Tab 7.7: 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1280x800 high-resolution Super AMOLED screen, and HSPA+. The Note is very thin which mitigates the overly large size of the screen.

Samsung is including software to take advantage of the "S Pen", specifically a planner app and a note-taking app. More signficantly, Samsung is making the S Pen SDK available to developers, hoping for third party app support.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Samsung, Smartphones, Telcos


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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